Common name: Prickly Malvastrum
Malvastrum coromandelianum (L.) Garcke APNI*
Synonyms: Malvastrum tricuspidatum (R.Br.) A.Gray APNI*
Description: Erect annual to perennial herb to 1 m high; hairs simple and stellate.
Leaves with lamina broad-ovate to lanceolate, 2–5 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, margins toothed, upper surface with simple hairs, lower surface with simple or 4-branched hairs; petiole 10–20 mm long.
Epicalyx segments 3, linear. Calyx lobes triangular, 3–4 mm long. Petals c. 10 mm long, yellow.
Fruit 5–7 mm diam.; mericarps 8–12 or more, angular, hairy but not pubescent, with 3 minute spines.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NWS, CWS, NWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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